Terrace : Cy Bernheim

Courtyards are enclosed outdoor spaces but are usually open to the elements at their top. They do not belong to a specific period of history. They provide privacy, peace and security. Historically courtyards were first constructed within properties in Iran and China. The earliest courtyards date back to 3000 BC (English Courtyard, 2020). In the Old Quarter of Lyon (Vieux Lyon) France, they have Traboules, from the Latin trans ambulare (pass through), passageways linking streets through one or more buildings revealing medieval/Renaissance architectural treasures such as internal courtyards and Italian-style galleries. Lyon has traditionally been a wealthy city, however, it has not wished to openly display this. The Traboules have enabled residents to symbolise their fortune in a more discreet manner, keeping the exterior of their houses more modest (Untapped Cities, 2020).

the story behind Popping corn

I have been listening attentively to ambient sounds, whilst out on one of my infrequent outings, I was drawn to the sounds of a cinematic sized popcorn maker. I decided I must try and capture the sound of "pop".

Stove-Made Popcorn
To make one bowlful of popcorn & popping sounds for a tea-time snack on the Terrace.


1/4 cup of corn kernels
1 tbs of oil (e.g. sunflower oil, light olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.)
Salt (optional)


1 x Heavy bottomed saucepan with lid (helps to make sure heat is evenly distributed).


1) In the saucepan over a medium heat, add the oil and two popcorn kernels. Cover the pan and wait for the kernels to pop (be patient, it may take several minutes). The oil is now hot enough.

2) Once the kernals have popped, turn off the heat,  and add the remaining popcorn kernels. Cover the pot again, and give the pot a little shake to spread-out the kernels. After one minute turn on the heat again. 

3) Leave the lid slightly ajar to allow the steam to escape and to ensure the popcorn is light and fluffy. 

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